The P1 visa is accessible to applicants from all countries who are athletes and entertainers. This visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows athletes from abroad to enter the United States and engage in U.S. athletic programs. It was designed with the intention that it would let athletes promote themselves and their sport in the U.S. It is also available to persons or groups of entertainers who are wanting to travel to the U.S. to participate in entertainment programs, competitions, or other activities.
To become eligible for a P1 Visa you must meet specific criteria of requirements such as planning a temporary trip and having a sponsor.
The P1 Visa can be divided into two classifications:
- The P1A Visa which is for individuals or athletic groups that are recognized internationally
- The P1B Visa which for individuals or groups of entertainers that are recognized internationally
When does a P1 Visa Expire?
A P1 Visa is valid for 5 years at its first initial stay, however, this is very dependent on an individual’s circumstance and an extension can be requested for a maximum of 10 years. In addition to utilizing the P1 visa to perform in entertainment and to compete in athletic events, holders can engage in part-time study while living in the U.S.
Who Is Eligible for a P1 Visa?
Anyone who is working in the sports and/or entertainment industry who has international recognition is eligible for this Visa. Other people who can receive a P1 visa are the support personnel who play a vital role in the lives of the athletes or entertainers. This is including:
- Team Officials
- Counselors for the athletes
Required Criteria for a P1 Visa
Just like any other U.S. visa application, there is a list of requirements that each applicant must meet. Such list includes but is not limited to the following:
- The team of athletes must have been formed at least one year prior to submitting an application
- The activity you are going to participate in must be internationally recognized
To learn more about the criteria consult with an immigration law expert.
Let An Immigration Attorney Help You
Going to the U.S. to compete as an athlete to entertain a particular audience can be exciting but requires a legal entry into the country. Without the counseling of an immigration lawyer, you run the risk of making errors on the application. Visit with the Gambacorta Law Office and team or schedule an appointment by calling 847 443 9303.